It was with great sadness that Computer Science Professor and Department Head Charles Stewart, Ph.D., recently posted a notice announcing that Terry Hayden, Senior Student Services Coordinator for the Computer Science department's graduate program, passed away on Monday, January 16. Terry, who joined the department in 1995, was a friendly, welcoming presence to whom students could turn for help with any problem, and she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at Rensselaer's C+CC at 11:00am on Saturday, February 11, with a reception to follow; please see the Bryce Funeral Home website for more information.
The FIRST® Robotics Competition season is now underway, following the kickoff event held on Jan. 7. This year, Rensselaer will once again host the New York Tech Valley Regional competition, which will be held March 16-18 on the Rensselaer campus in the East Campus Athletic Village. Thirty-six teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, South Carolina, Canada, India, and Turkey will participate in the competition.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced price changes for various mailing and shipping services, with the new rates to go into effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017.
Walker Laboratory was one of the first two buildings erected on the Warren estate property, which was purchased by the Institute after the 1904 fire which destroyed the Main Building. Built as a new state-of-the-art facility to accommodate the Institute's growing student body, the Walker Laboratory was completed at the end of 1906 and was named in memory of Dr. William Weightman Walker (Class of 1886), whose mother was a major benefactor to Rensselaer after the Main Building fire.